Sunday, March 04, 2018

Why does Jesus heal some and not others?

"Elisha sent him the message: “Go and wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will heal, and you will be clean.”  But Naaman went away angry."  (2 Kings 5: 10 - 11).

Then Naaman was persuaded to obey the Prophet Elisha.  "His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean." (2 Kings 5: 14).

What is going on here? The 5-star Syrian General was healed of leprosy by God when many lepers in Israel were not healed.

"Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”  (Luke 4: 26).

How does the Almighty distribute His healing gifts?  I saw after a long time a dear lady in my parish today who by the accounts of many expert doctors should have been dead over a year ago.  Her body is filled with cancer.  I told her that we miss her in our RCIA ministry.  She surprised me by what she said:  "Pray that the Lord heals me and I will come back to the ministry."  That was a big challenge. I am a beggar who tells another beggar where to find bread.

This afternoon, I wrestled with Jesus over the woman's request.  "Why Lord don't You heal many of the sick in our community?These are people who love You and would love to spend their lives serving You.  Imagine the joy, laughter and dancing that will happen every Sunday when we gather for worship."

Brothers and sisters, please join me in praying for Hope.  I call her Hope because of her spirit of hope.  She is a wonderful and great teacher.

"I hope in the LORD, I trust in his word; with him there is kindness and plenteous redemption."  (Cf Psalm 130: 5, 7).

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